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Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe gets two years probation, avoids jail time

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There was a question as to whether or not Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe would be given jail time as a result of a DUI conviction violating the terms of his probation on a felony batter charge picked up back in 2009.

But as reported by Amelia Rayno of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune the end result of Mbakwe’s hearing in Florida was an additional two years probation and no jail time.

To say the least Mbakwe was relieved when Miami-Dade judge Jose Fernandez rendered his verdict.

“I’ve been thinking about this since July 1. It’s been stressing me and my family out and I’m glad it’s over. … I’m just going to stay on the right track now; no more slip-ups. The judge gave me another chance and I’m grateful for that. … I’m just going to show everybody they were right in supporting me.”

Fernandez also warned Mbakwe, who will also have to complete 20 hours of community service every month until the completion of his probation, that this could be his last chance when it comes to the legal system.

Mbakwe will also attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings three times a week and can have no contact (direct or third person) with the victim, who also received restitution for the treatment of her broken cheekbone.

How much money the victim ultimately receives has been set on a sliding scale based on Mbakwe’s future earnings as a professional according to Rayno’s report.

As for Mbakwe’s immediate future at Minnesota, it seems as if there won’t be any additional punishment coming from the basketball program.

A U of M spokesperson said Thursday that Mbakwe’s status on the team would not be changed if additional probation was the outcome of Friday’s hearing.

To say the least Mbakwe is extremely fortunate to have received more probation, and while his words about staying on the right path sound good he’ll need to show it with his actions.

Can he do it? Not sure, but hopefully Mbakwe gets the job done off the court.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Henry Ellenson wins Marquette Madness dunk contest

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Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.

The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.

Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.

Bill Self signs $10,000 check for KU student


Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.

Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.

Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.